Grandma Forgets (Hardcover)

By Nicky Johnston (Illustrator), Paul Russell

EK Books, 9781925335477, 24pp.

Publication Date: August 1, 2017

List Price: 17.99*
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When your grandmother can't remember your name it should be sad, but maybe it is just an opportunity to tell her more often how much you love her. Grandma Forgets is the heart-warming story of a family bound by love as they cope with their grandma's dementia. Over the years, the little girl has built up a treasure trove of memories of time spent with Grandma: sausages for Sunday lunch, driving in her sky-blue car to the beach, climbing her apple trees while she baked a delicious apple pie, and her comforting hugs during wild storms. But now, Grandma can't remember those memories. She makes up new rules for old games and often hides Dad's keys. Sometimes Dad is sad because he has to hold onto the memories for both him and his mother now, but fortunately his daughter is only too happy to help him make new memories to share. This is a warm, hopeful story about a family who sometimes needs to remind their grandmother a little more often than they used to about how much they care. She might have trouble remembering any of their names but she will always know how much she is loved.

About the Author

Nicky Johnston is a primary educator, speaker and children’s book author and illustrator. Passionate about raising awareness of the importance of children’s emotional well-being, Nicky has written books to help children deal with anxiety and develop resilience. She is an experienced public speaker and presents at parent forums, seminars and conferences. Her illustration style is described as whimsical, playful, narrative, emotive and dreamy. She works mainly in watercolor, ink and pencil. She also produces work digitally using a variety of illustration software. Nicky’s first children’s book Go Away, Mr Worrythoughts! was adapted into a theatrical production. For five years the show has been performed at primary schools throughout Victoria, educating children dealing with anxiety and helping to develop a healthy resilience. For four years, Nicky was the Creative Director of 52-week Illustration Challenge Facebook group. This online Illustration Challenge inspires a community of artists and illustrators to create artwork using weekly theme prompts while providing a safe and encouraging environment for personal artistic development.

Paul Russell is a primary teacher, artist, playwright and children’s author with titles including Grandma Forgets, which made the CBCA list of notable picture books in 2018.  He is passionate about the place of imagination and daydreaming in children’s learning. He has a daughter who would rather be a princess or a dragon than a regular school student and he is grateful to teachers who embrace this in her education.

Praise For Grandma Forgets

"Grandma Forgets is a lovely uplifting story about a family whose Grandmother is suffering from dementia. Written in the child’s narrative, it offers an insight into the relationship the child had with the grandmother and how they are keeping the relationship positive and coping with the illness."
- Mums Delivery

"This book would be a great way to look at ageing as a class. When days such as “100th Day of School” come around there is a focus on what students may look like at age 100 but not what they may be like. In a sensitive way this book really opens the way for discussions about ageing and diseases/conditions that can strike and how they change a person. I would definitely be using this one as part of 100th Day learning, as a parent with my own kids when the time comes, and recommending to other parents. A really beautiful book."
- Miss Jenny's Classroom

"I give this book five stars! The illustrations were so cute … This is such a nice book."
- Pirate Tree Blog

"Grandma Forgets is a timeless treasure made especially for children (and their parents) who are trying to come to terms with dementia."
- Kid's Book Review